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Occupy LA protesters plan presence at Rose Parade

December 29, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
When people go to the Rose Parade they expect to see colorful floats and melodic marching bands pass by.

But this year, they may also end up seeing some protests.

Members of the Occupy The Rose Parade movement say they plan to have a large presence at the parade, something the Pasadena Police Department says it's ready for.

"The Pasadena Police Department has reached out to state, local and federal law enforcement partners, as we have done in the past, and we're well prepared for any unusual occurrence that might occur in the Rose Parade," said Pasadena Police Department Chief Phillip Sanchez.

Sanchez says he's met with representatives from the Occupy movement several times, and while the protesters won't be allowed to march in the official parade, they will be able to walk the route right after the last float goes by.

"They have stated that they are not interested nor do they intend to disrupt the parade, or act in a malicious behavior or criminal behavior," Sanchez said.

Demonstrations aren't the only concern however.

Pets are allowed along the parade route, but they have to be on a leash at all times.

With hundreds of thousands of people expected to show up, fire officials want to reiterate the rules parade-goers have to follow, starting with the bonfires Rose Parade campers like to set.

"Warming fires are permitted along the parade route so long as they're contained within small hibachis, barbeque pits. Prohibited are homemade devices such as washing machine drums and other such apparatus," said Pasadena Fire Department Chief Calvin Wells.

But while people are encouraged to bring food to the parade, the city says it should only be for eating. Throwing food or shooting Silly String is banned and could cost you your first pricey citation in the New Year.

Remember, you can't start staking out your claims along the parade route until Sunday at noon. The fire department is also reminding people to dress warmly, especially those who plan to camp out. Each year, several people are transported to the E.R. because of hypothermia.


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